The Moving Stories Method and Play Therapy Training Series

Developed by Susanne Carroll Duffy, Psy.D., RPT-S

The Moving Stories Method

The Moving Stories Method is an an intermodal expressive arts method that integrates story, sandtray and play therapy.  Therapeutic stories are told with the aid of a Moving Stories kit and a sandtray as the “theater”.  Moving Stories kits are baskets or decorated boxes that contain miniatures/symbols that are used to tell the story. Individual clients, families, groups or classes from pre-school age to old age are then invited to reflect upon the stories followed by an invitation to respond in their own creative way. The method can be utilized by practitioners from a wide range of theoretical orientations that permit some directive interaction on the part of the therapist.  View the Moving Stories Library.

About the Moving Stories Series Training

These workshops/distance courses are designed to be experiential learning opportunities that not only teach skills, but encourage you to do your own exploration and reflection.  To be certified in the Moving Stories Method, you need to hold an active license in the mental health field and complete Levels 1-5.  Those completing all 6 levels and a supervised practicum can be approved Moving Stories Trainers.

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Moving Stories Level 1: An Integration of Story, Sandtray and Play Therapy

This course will provide an experience and overview of the Moving Stories Method.  Clinicians will be introduced to the use of story, sandtray and play therapy used in the method.  An introduction to Wonder Rooms, how the method might be used in individual, family, group and classrooms will be reviewed.

20 CEU’s          August 7-10 Perry, Maine

Moving Stories Level 2:  An Integration of Story, Sandtray and Play Therapy

This course will emphasize the skills needed to join in Moving Stories play using both directive and nondirective approaches. Clinicians will learn how the method might be applied within several theoretical orientations, with an emphasis on systemic play therapy.  Clinicians will also practice documenting the play for the child and family as well as for client records or process notes.

20 CEU’s            August 11-14 Perry, Maine

Moving Stories Level 3: An Integration of Story, Sandtray and Play Therapy

This course will provide an in-depth experience and exploration of the power of Sandtray therapy.  Clinicians will experience first-hand the power of the sandtray by building their own trays and learning how to be present and process this experience with someone.  This personal experience will then be applied to presenting Moving Stories in the sand, and understanding and responding to a clients response in the sandtray to Moving Stories.

20 CEU’s                Not Yet Available

Moving Stories Level 4:  An Integration of Story, Sandtray and Play Therapy

This course will provide an in-depth exploration into the use of therapeutic stories and metaphors in Moving Stories.  Clinicians will learn how to select and develop therapeutic stories for their clients, make Moving Stories Kits and develop and organize Wonder Rooms.  Clinicians will also practice presenting  Moving Stories.

20 CEU’s                Not Yet Available

Moving Stories Level 5:  An Integration of Story, Sandtray and Play Therapy

This course will provide in-depth exploration of the application of Moving Stories in group and classroom settings.  Participants will learn the basics of building a group, maintaining confidentiality and encouraging discourse.  Participants will also learn how to manage a classroom when using the Moving Stories Method.

20 CEU’s                Not Yet Available

Moving Stories Level 6:  An Integration of Story, Sandtray and Play Therapy

This course will provide participants who have completed Levels 1-5 an opportunity to become trainers in the Moving Stories Method.  After the course, participants will be required to teach each of the 5 levels with supervision before certification.

20 CEU’s                Not Yet Available

The Moving Stories Method for Educators

This course will provide educators ideas of ways to enhance lessons by providing a visual teaching method and hands-on learning opportunity using the Moving Stories Method.  Educators will learn how to create Moving Stories centers.

8 CEU’s                Not Yet Available

The Moving Stories Method for Parents

Parents will learn how to tell Moving Stories to address a range of developmental issues.  Parents will learn ways to honor and enhance their child’s response to the story.

Not Yet Available